Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Tagged: 4 things

I've been tagged again, this time by Wanton Wonton.

Four Jobs You've Had In Your Life
1. Landscaper.
2. Convenience Store clerk.
3. Peer Counsellor for GBLT people in University.
4. Technical Support for Cable Internet

Four Movies You Could Watch Over And Over
1. Pretty Woman
2. Joy luck club
3. Finding Nemo
4. The Breakfast Club

Four Places You've Lived
1. Taipei, Taiwan
2. North York, Ontario
3. Toronto, Ontario
4. Oakridges, Ontario

Four TV Shows You Love To Watch
1. Rick Mercer's Report
2. The Block
3. Roughcuts (documentary)
4. Passionate Eye (documentary

Four Places You've Been On Vacation
1. Europe
2. China
3. All over USA
4. Montreal

Four Blogs You Visit Daily
1. Bellyache with the Sister
2. Dantallion
3. Tornwordo
4. Snooze
*Note I read a lot more, but they ask for 4, so don't get angry if I didn't mention ya.

Four Of Your Favourite Foods
1. Hakka Food
2. Vietnames Pho
3. Chinese
4. Any home cooked rustic food

Four Places You'd Rather Be
1. An island in the Pacific
2. A beach in the Pacific
3. Muskoka
4. somewhere warm

Four Albums You Can't Live Without
1. Beach House: Hed Kandi
2. Freedom Sessions: Sarah McLachlan
3. Parachutes: Coldplay
4. Siamese Dream: Smashing Pumpkins

Four Vehicles You've Owned
1. none, I walk, run, bike or use the Better Way

Four People To Be Tagged
None. Whoever wishes to do it, may.

Bush & Bin Laden Post referral

If you have some time, and want to read an absolutely BRILLIANT post and argument about Bush and Bin Laden, go visit Andy's site.

Another careful Voter turnout

So, only 60% of the voting public made it to the Polls, and the result is we have a new political party. It goes without saying that these will be interesting times indeed. With all the scandals and bad press about the Liberals I am not surprised that the New Conservative Party has won. The Liberals just couldn't get away from it, and there were far more swing voters this year.

Also, with the Liberal defeat, it does not surprise me that Paul Martin will be leaving his position as leader of the party (Opposition). His time is up, and he has made his mark, and I give him kudos for realising this and leaving the position open for someone new. Whoever is chosen to lead the Liberals, I am sure it will make for good tv. But with another minority government, I am happily skeptical in the potential power and influence the Harper government will have. I am sure Stephen Harper is tossing in his sleep, trying to figure out how he intends to pass any Conservative policies in the House of Commons, with a minority government. All 3 parties have a fair share of the seats in the House, Liberals obviously hold the higher hand, but I won't underestimate the Bloc Quebecois or the NDP. A lot of the Liberal policies went through during their minority term, but I only believe that to be the case, because we Canadians tend to be more moderate and further left on the Political spectrum. The voters have chosen Harper by a marginal lead, and the message they are telling Harper is that they don't want to see too many right-Wing Conservative agendas. I forsee a lot of political wrangling, and as I said, it will be interesting.

The last 12 years of Liberal government has seen the political landscape change quite dramatically. Who would have thought the strong shift towards Conservativism in Quebec and the loss of Bloc Quebecois seats? It stands to reason, that a fair majority of the country is looking for change and they have done so democratically by voting a minority Conservative government. In my conversations with people, it isn't so much that they have switched their political alignment to that of the Conservatives, but are rather telling the Liberals that they need to regroup, clean up their act, and then come back and prove themselves to the country.

As they say, trust is built up over years but dissolved in seconds.

The people of Canada need some time to reflect and frankly so do the Liberals. I just wonder how long Harper will remain in power and if he will actually be able to push through any of his Conservative (sic Right wing) agendas. I highly doubt it with the strength of the Opposition. The one scary thing that I have realised during this election, is that Harper has somehow fooled those normally resilient and card carrying Liberals to vote for the Conservatives. How did Harper do that? Well, it seems that Harper has blended into the "red" and made his party seem less offensively Right wing, by silencing certain members and by cleaning up his his public persona and language. He has blended his party into the mainstream middle and has therefore appealed to many who don't think he is that much a threat. If you ask me, he is still a lion in sheeps clothing and I will be watching carefully.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

HNT Trois - Half Nekkid Thursdays

I know I am not being very original or artistic, but I've been busy, so this is all I got kids. And yes, that's my bedroom. ;-p

Happy HNT!

HNT Deux

An Ode to my brother

I was reading the glorious and ever enchanting mistress Ms. Bees Knees' Ode to her sister, when I began to reminisce about my experiences of being a younger child. My older brother was one of those siblings that was an unending source of torture when we were kids. If you think my sense of humour tends to fall in the twisted realm, believe me, it was only the result of being deprived any sanity by my older brother.

When we were very young, we shared a room - two twin beds separated by a night stand. Somehow, prior to bedtime, my brother got into the habit of farting ever so delicately on my pillow and placing my blanket back over, locking the offending scent into my pillow. Unknowingly I would jump into bed, face first into the pillow only to rise choking, wretching and scratching at my face. My brother would laugh himself silly. This of course would only instigate me to find something worse to do unto him. We would each resort to farting on pillows, placing lego and cars underneath the sheets so that we would bruise upon jumping on the bed. Never did it ever occur to us to not jump on the bed.

Needless to say, we always had bruises and cuts on our bodies.

Coming up with new and inventive ways to hurt or drive me crazy was my brothers ultimate goal. One Christmas, we went as a family to Florida Key West and stayed in a rented apartment. He and I again had to share a room, separated by a nightstand. As the lights went out, he began to pick his nose with a certain ferociousness, all the time telling me so. He then made an exaggerated flicking sound with his finger. Of course I screamed like a banshie for him to leave me alone, when all of a sudden I felt a large wet splat on my face. Stumbling out of bed, voice shrill, I turned the light on to find a very large dime sized booger dripping down my face.

This is what I lived with and despite the horrors of it, we always laughed, because we were sick little fuckers. These days we just compare how stinky our farts are, and I use what my sage older brother taught me to torture RB and others.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Federal Elections: Politicians doing what they do best

I have been catching up on some reading and was at Dantallion's site and read this post. The whole Federal Election discussion got me to thinking about all the finger pointing and general amnesia people have when it comes to scandals in this country. I always find it rather amusing when MPs or the press, or society continuously bring up the Liberal scandals. Yes, some members of the Liberal party faltered, but if the slaggers really want to play that game, we can dredge up a whole lot of scandals in the Conservative party from years ago:

1873 corruption scandal brought down the Conservative government of Sir John A. Macdonald and cost Canada's first prime minister the 1874 election. He was accused of accepting $350, 000 in donations from Sir Hugh Allan, in return for giving him the contract to build the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).

1958-61: The Gerda Munsinger scandal, where the Canadian public learned that some guilty Progressive Conservative cabinet ministers had been consorting with an East German playgirl who may have been a KGB spy.

1985: TunaGate, where Fisheries minister John Fraser had overturned an order from his own inspectors and ordered a million cans of StarKist tuna released for sale to the public. The inspectors had said the tuna, packed at the StarKist plant in St. Andrews, N.B., was so badly spoiled that it wasn't even fit to be turned into catfood. The plant's owners had lobbied Fraser to release the cans for sale, saying they might shut the plant if the tuna couldn't be sold. Needless, to say, that Starkist plant was shutdown. Fraser went on to become the House Speaker.

1995: 14 Conservative members of the Legislature and 2 caucus workers were convicted of fraud and breach of trust for illegally diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars from government allowances in a phoney expense-claim scam.

1995: Airbus scandal involving Mulroney.

Let's also not forget, that Mulroney lost an average of one cabinet minister to allegations of wrongdoing during each year of his 1984-1993 reign.

It truly is amazing how soon we forget, isn't it? Next year, everything will be forgotten again and a whole new slurry of scandals will plague either one of the parties, and each will sit upon their Porcelain throne and point fingers, noses in the air, pretending as though their shit didn't stink. Everyone shits, and everyone has to wipe their ass. I just don't need to see it on my paper everyday.

Monday, January 9, 2006

New Year Late Update

I know, I know. I have been absent for far too long. With the holidays and the new year over, I plan on getting back on track with the blogging. So here is a quick low-down on my holiday highlights:

  • December 24 am - wallet, money and brand spanking new blackberry 8700r stolen out of my jacket. Scramble to cancel all cards and services, which poses a major problem cause I have done zilch in the realm of Christmas gift shopping. Merry fucking Christmas to the Asshole who stole it. Your ass is grass if I ever figure who you are...I have connections you know, so you better be smart.
  • Onto better things, I am working on a project which I will soon unveil to you all in a short bit. It has been an Idea of mine for quite some time, but I just haven't got around to actualising it and making it a reality. Once I have it out, I would love your input, suggestions and ideas. Expect something by end of week. :)
  • January 6-8, 2005 - Flew to NYC (last minute) for my cousins wedding. Wedding reception was lovely and simple and drank a lot with her crazy friends. Didn't do any shopping which I was hoping for, but I did get to slip out at 1am after the Wedding reception to meet up with Life. by Jase and his friend. They were 2 of the sweetest most entertaining Fags I have ever met. We went to Starlighte for some casual drinks and chat, and I was soon dragged to a dance bar (Jase, you will have to remind me of the name: Was far too inebriated to recall, but know "Boys" was in the name). Jase never quite told me he was a Go-Go Dancer or that he swing from a Pole (ahem). He certainly has a lithe, tight body made for sliding up and down Poles, so I'd suggest you call him up if your ever in NYC. Again, a big Thank You for being so hospitable to this Canuck. Even with my severe hangover the following morning, I didn't regret a moment.
  • Now I am back to the Grind at work, but expect pictures to be posted soon from NYC.